Friday, June 20, 2008

Shining Stars are not just stuffed animals!


Shining Stars are not your typical plush friends. Up till recently I had kept walking past those Shining Stars displays in the mall thinking they were just some sort of collectible stuffed animal, and though they are.. they are so much more than that.

The first thing I want to mention is the fact that with each Shining Star purchase you make you get to register a star with the International Star Registry. I think that's pretty cool alone. That's not all though, included with each Shining Star is a secret code that allow the child access to their very own little Shining Star world online.

With Shining Stars online children are given a safe online place where they can play games, collect star points, and interact with their Shining Star friend in a whole new way. The best part and what makes me respect this toy most is the fact that as your child plays online games and collects his or her daily star points, those points may then be donated to the Starlight Starbright foundation which helps sick children and their families through extended hospital stays which can be terrifying to a young child and even more scary to their parents. Including providing children with PCs during their hospital stays which gives them not only entertainment, but access to education, and just plain socializing as if you have ever had to stay in a hospital for more than 24 hours you will find the entire experience incredibly lonely especially for a child.

If your looking for a great gift idea for the 4th of July or just something special that may express how you feel about this country. Shining Stars just released a special edition Eagle that is sporting a pretty classy patriotic top hat. He would be the perfect gift for the 4th of July, for a child of a soldier overseas, or even just for no reason at all! Along with the Eagle, Shining Stars come in an assortment of great plush. Personally my favorites are the Dragon and the Pegasus, but I just saw that there was a super special edition ET released back in April through Universal Studios. Check out the information here on how to order him! I want one SO bad!

Shining Stars are available at most toy stores as well as on Amazon!

Shining Stars has provided us with an Eagle to give away to one of our readers!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Shining Stars and tell us what you like most about them.. or which Shining Star is your favorite!
  • No "i want to win" stuff without a little effort (and I do mean little!)
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end June 28th at midnight!

116 Comments:

devildogwife said...

My daughter said, "Oh cool! You get to name a star for the registry!!" She loves the patriotic eagle which is fitting since her daddy is serving overseas in the sandbox. I admit that I love the monkey with a heart; too cute!

I didn't realize these little guys were so special. I too thought they were just stuffed animals. lol!

tnchick said...

Wow, SOOO many of the Shining Star critters are TOO cute. Can I make a wish list of them? The Yellow lab, the dragon, the monkey, the panda, the orange tabby cat, the frog, the cow, the honey bear, the brown bear, the reindeer... Ha - they are ALL so stinkin' cute.

It's wonderful that it can help the the Starlight Starbright foundation via points.

Anyway - enter me, please.

tnchick said...

Hi, again. Blogged it here for an extra chance. Thanks

peg42 said...

What an adorable idea these Shining Stars are. I love that the kids can play games online safely.
Thank you for this giveaway and please enter me.

mar said...

I like the shining star icon, and the fact that the products are crafted from the finest materials. thank you for the contest.

Erica G said...

I think the piggy is really cute. I love the eagle. Pefect for the 4th!

mverno said...

just send it

gkstratos said...

Great site. My favorite Shining Star is the Giraffe.
gkstratos @yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

...also a subscriber. Thanks.

Mary512 said...

hmm... it wouldn't let me see the products but it seems like a really cool toy! great giveaway, thanks.

Mary512 said...

Blogged ya:
http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/06/giveaways-over-at-seven-dogs-baby_20.html
Thanks again!

agordon10 said...

It is a great way to introduce astronomy to young ones.

julie said...

i love how friendly and interactive the site is for kids and parents with seperate sites for each..how cool to locate and name a star
3beez at bellsouth dot net

tutugirl said...

I love this idea. I bought the owl after the birth of my new nephew. What kid wouldn't want to know that there is a star named after them? I liked the owl only because it's a night creature when the stars come out.

stampedwithgrace said...

it's neat that you can name a real star!
my kids love Webkinz and this sounds like that, so they'd love it!

jenny said...

wow how cute thay are the shinig stars and well what do i love abt them is well there so sweet boy would i love to try and win one thanks

katy said...

The Bishon Ballerina is cute as can be!

toasters lie said...

I can't view the website with my screen resolution to pick a favorite, but I like that they're helping sick kids.

mom2gabnnat said...

I think these are so neat, you get to register a star when you buy one. I like the Snow Owl and Purple Pegasus the best.

Missy said...

I like that Shining Stars donates to the Starlight Starbright foundation which helps sick children and their families through extended hospital stays. Thanks so much for this fun giveaway!

barbarabaker said...

WOW...I'VE NEVER BEEN A "FIRST COMMENTER" BEFORE...HEHEHE

Anyways...going through the website was easy. I read their about us page and was pretty impressed with their thinking. I love the registery aspect and how they can make people "stars" at any age. The idea behind it is very clever (not unique) but clever none the less. I could not afford take any part of that at this point but it will be in my favorites so when I do decide to do this for my children. It's a great idea.

Cute contest giveaway!!!

Ghost said...

haha that's cute. love the eagle. =)

misty said...

I find it neat that you can actually name a real star. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

planetmisty@gmail.com

misty said...

I'm also a subscriber.

txterri said...

My father in law bought a shining star for our son. I tried to explain, but he didn't get it and threw the tags away. I'm sure that won't be the last time I have to dig through the trash for my kids.

Meredith said...

How much fun to give your child a star named after them!
This could start a lifelong interest in astronomy as they chart the movement of their star!

Janice Golden said...

My 10 year loves these things.Her and her friends from school are collecting these things.I think its a new fad in grade school.She loves the dogs the best
Jaleigh78@aol.com

toughturtles said...

very cute eagle

Edwina said...

OMG! I didn't know they'd come out with an eagle! My daughter has two Shining Stars....the cow and frog..and she absolutely loves playing on the Shining Stars website! I like it too because it's such a safe site for her to visit. There's only prechosen words and phrases for chat and messaging and tons of fun games to play to earn points and trophies. If anyone out there posting hasn't gotten a Shing Star for their child, I suggest you do so! The best part is, your child gets to choose and name a real star in the International Star Registry, complete with certificate! Thanks so much for the incredible giveaway and telling other parents how cool Shining Stars are.

LINDALSHOT said...

Super! I'd send it to one of the soldiers I write to.

jennem said...

I like that they are interactive, unlike our other dust-catching stuffed animals. My favorite is the Flamingo.

Anonymous said...

Three cheeers

dawns41 said...

What I like most about the Shining Star site is that it seems pretty secure which is reassuring to all those parents out there.

As far as picking a favorite shining star..oh wow, that is tough as all the animals are too cute. My fav's: poodle, dragon, unicorn, blue bear..or any bear really, elephant lol etc.
dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

D. said...

My favorite is the GIRAFFE!

M.A. said...

the eagle rules

Princess Golden Hair said...

i love the eagle for jake. his daddy is in the army

Sunnyvale said...

This is SO cute!

susan1215 said...

I like how your child gets a cute stuffed animal and they can register for a star.

judybrittle said...

the snow owl is the cutest and my favorite. these are all darling.

Kristinia said...

I'd go with the Unicorn, my favorite mythical creature as a Shining Star is too cute!

I like the fact that you can name your own Star, that makes it soo much more fun!

Kristinia said...

We blogged and your on my bloggy sidebar!

Kristinia said...

We are subscribed via rss/feed!

noey718319 said...

I love how the shining stars will make the children believe in magic and a connection to the stars. I love how they will have dreams of a star out there being connected to them, Thanks.

dolls123 said...

I like the Giraffe

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blueviolet said...

I love the owl so much! That site looks like a lot of fun for kids!

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Kathy Mullins said...

I love the Eagle with the US hat. As a staunch Democrat, I love what the eagle represents: freedom and democracy! Get involved with the party of your choice--the eagle represents US, Americans!

majqa1966@yahoo.com

windycindy said...

Good Evening! I have always like the "International Star Registry!" Now, they have the animals to go with it. What a super idea. I would love to do this for my great-niece. Thanks very much, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Molly C. said...

I've never seen these before! I love the fact that you get a star named after you. We did this for my mom, the first Christmas after my grandma passed away.

vboackle said...

my favei s the giraffe because it is adorable.

TheAngelForever said...

So many cute Shining Stars. I think my favorite would be the giraffe.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

TheAngelForever said...

Extra Credit: I subscribe to your feed :)

Scrappy Do said...

I love how the shining stars will make the children believe in magic and a connection to the stars

louiseb130 said...

The piggy is cute!

dolphee said...

This is so cute!

Jennifer said...

I had no idea these guys were more than stuffed animals. Browsed the website and I am impressed. My favorite is the new gorilla. So much so, that I ordered it for my niece who collects them. She'll love him!

Sandy said...

A website that is safe for kids ... with so many scary things out there I would love to see my grandkids enjoying this website. I can't pick a favorite ... I have many. The Eagle is one of my top choices.

carolyn said...

I love the patriotic themes they have. cbdileo@rock.com

nknk said...

I love the orange tabby cat!
Thanks :)

Kari said...

They are really great, safe fun for the kids. I like the blue dragon best!!

Tonya said...

My dh has a star named after him and we got a framed certificate. I love that you can do it for kids and they get a plush since they would love that much more than a certificate.

kygirl said...

The panda

mannequin said...

Oh those are so sweet! I LOVE how kids can give them their very own attributes. Cookie cutter stuffed animals with cookie cutter personalities are so blase'. In addition to being a cool product, kids will love playing on that site!

Malteny said...

WOW!! You can register your very own star! Very cool! And besides, they are SOOOO cute! I love the Eagle - it is absolutely adorable! I didn't know about Shining Stars until now!

Lilith Silvermane said...

I like the snowy owl. If I won this, I'd give it to my son's friend who's father is in Iraq. It would really lift his spirit

Anonymous said...

I bought one of these for my step-daughter for Christmas last year. I bought her the owl and she really enjoys playing the games online and she likes that she has a star named after her. My son has been wanting one as well, and I'd love to win this for him.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Khristal said...

I like the giraffe the best, and I like how this company donates to charity!

guipparaiso said...

the pig is so cute

paula h said...

I like the fact that kids can earn points and donate them to the Starlight Starbright Foundation. It's never too early for them to learn to give to others.

masonsgranny59 said...

neat idea and neat eagle. ty 4 thegreat contest!

mom2boys said...

My son would love this. I always wanted to register a star also. This is very cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

Julianne Bell @ Family Blueprint said...

This is very cute. I love the idea of naming a star with your Shining Star. As for a favorite? I like the Eagle a lot, but also the penguin. My kids are torn. They like the horse, the koala, and the pink bear.

Thank you for the opportunity!

diane d said...

We definitely love the Eagle. He's our high school mascot. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

bison61 said...

I had heard of the star registry, and it's such a nice idea-I like the eagle and monkey

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tlcfromtn said...

The unicorn is my favorite and the star registry is a unique idea!

Donna said...

My favorite is the monkey.

Danielle said...

So cool! To be able to give my little angels a small piece of heaven!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

Danielle said...

subscriber

yyeres said...

snow owl is my favorite, thanks for the chance to win

Roachal said...

Wow, I didn't even notice them before, now I'll be hunting for them, time to start a new collection. So many of them are adorable, I really like the blue dragon and the raccoon. Please put me in for the drawing to help me get started, thanks!

reb said...

These are so cool. My daughter has one and loves it

Kelly said...

The Snow Owl is my favorite!

Sue Farrell said...

I think my favorite is the snow owl.

farrell@crosslake.net

bbmp said...

I absolutely love the panda - although all of the others are cute as well!

PowerSweepstaking said...

favorite is the eagle!

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jennmalan said...

like the fact that you can name your own Star

wigget said...

i like the lion

Reeva said...

I like the giraffe shining star -- cute items ;)

Anonymous said...

Orange tabby cat

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Annemarie said...

I like the eagle the best. It is so cute.

annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

jfg06001 said...

I love giraffes! Its my fav!

Thanks for the contest!

Samantha P said...

i really like the giraffe shining star is the cutest!

Samantha P said...

i'm a subscriber!

Sylvia P said...

the pig is sooo cute!

Sylvia P said...

i subscribe!

bc said...

Thanks for letting us know about them. I like the pig.

G said...

Patriotic eagle :)

klp1965 said...

wow those are so adorable and unique..you dont see many stuffed eagles :)

Cathy said...

What a beautiful idea and the patriotic little eagle is so adorable!ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

Anonymous said...

Love the Patriotic Eagle; he now soars; many thanks SW Happy July 4th!!!!!!

purango said...

The Shining Stars Unicorn is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

carissaad said...

What I great idea. I really like that you can name your own star and get a plush friend to go with it. This would be a special gift for a new baby or a child's birthday.

Thanks!

carissaad at aol dot com

carissaad said...

I'm a subscriber.

jacquelinc said...

We love the patriotic Eagle and a numder of your other items.Thanks!

jryamada said...

The penguin is my favorite. Naming a star is so cool.. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.

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Tammy said...

I have to say I'm kind of partial to the penguin

deedleweedle said...

I like the Snow Owl, but all are cute!

Jayme Isaacs said...

The Panda Is My Favorite.
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ldrnc2000 said...

My nephew's birthday is on the 4th! I am going to tell my sister about this great site and encourage her to register him! It is so cool that he could play games safely! And of course, I would love to win the Eagle for him!!Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Lisa said...

This site is pretty cool and very kid friendly. It is very interactive which my three kids need to stay focused. The shining stars are cute!

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Anonymous said...

I like the T-Rex and the Lion the best. I am glad that some of the animals have a patriotic theme.
kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

lilyk said...

I love the panda!

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